Here at TJ13, we are circumspect when claims are made and take particular notice as to the individual’s track record of truth and honesty.
However, remarkable as it may seem, there are times in life when history suggests that assertions made by certain F1 individuals should be taken at face value.
The matter becomes more complex when distant planets align – once in a millennium – and two unreliable F1 sources appear to be ‘behaving out of type’ – and both telling the truth.
So, some say… Paddy Lowe is the master of taking things that work perfectly well and conspiring to find a way to disrupt the successful order that has been established, for no particular reason.
Then we have, Monsieur Boullier, who may have earned a bit of a reputation for delivering pronouncements, which later prove to be on the fantastical end of the reality spectrum.
Judge as ye will
Eric the believable, who for the record gave us the Ijaz Mansoor line, ‘the cheques in the post’, has been revealing the changes HE has made since joining MacHonda.
Boullier claims his top down review of McLaren F1 operations McLaren has delivered a leaner and more efficient organisational structure.
“At every level of the company, there is clear leadership. We agree the direction we want to pursue, and we bring people with us. The attitude has changed from ‘telling’ people, to ‘asking’ people; we’ve integrated people, and we share opinions and ideas”.
This hardly reflects well on the previous regime overseen by Paddy Lowe.
Boullier continues, “The main outcome of that new approach is that people now have a sense of ownership in the car. And they’re more motivated and interested as a result.
To give you an example, I guess about 50 per cent of the upgrades we brought to the track last year didn’t completely work; this year, we’ve brought that down to about five or 10 per cent.”
Paddy of course jumped ship and moved to Mercedes and he says, “I’ve taken Mercedes Formula 1 team to the next level.” Presumable beyond where Ross Brawn had managed.
The question is, how did Paddy suddenly deliver this new Mercedes Eutopia, when Eric clearly says he left McLaren in a shit state of affairs.
Only time will tell, which of these protagonists is in ‘reality-landia’.
If MacHonda make a surge towards the head of the field by the second half of this season, we may surmise Eric has talents beyond being the stooge sent forth to convince the public that black is white.
Conversely, should the precision oiled Mercedes operation Brawn built which was uber dominant in 2014, begin to creak at the seams; then we may conclude that a man named Paddy, does not have what it takes.